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AC Milan boss Gattuso happy to kill off Chievo

Gennaro Gattuso has bemoaned AC Milan's struggles to put games to bed this season but was satisfied with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Chievo.

Milan had won only two of their six Serie A matches heading into Sunday's clash at San Siro but they cruised into a 3-0 lead against the league's bottom club, thanks to a Gonzalo Higuain brace and a second-half strike from Giacomo Bonaventura.

A sloppy pass out of defence by Cristian Zapata set up a consolation goal for Sergio Pellissier and Gattuso says there is still plenty of room for improvement, despite now sitting only three points adrift of second-placed Napoli.

"The performances were always there, we were just missing the three points," he told Sky Sport Italia. "The worst performance was on Thursday against Olympiacos [a 3-1 win in the Europa League].

"We made mistakes again today, gifting their goal, but we always want to play the ball. This wasn't a team in crisis before, we just struggled to kill games off after good performances.

"At times we run a few too many risks at the back, but we do want to play the ball and keep it moving."

Gattuso called on his players to create more chances for Higuain, who has now scored three goals in two matches since returning from injury.

"Higuain is a champion, a great finisher, a player who is working very hard for the group, is demanding and also well-loved," he added.

"The team creates a lot but we could do with more quality from Hakan Calhanoglu, who can create many more chances for Higuain, but isn't very sharp at the moment.

"We have to improve on the left, as we were far stronger there last season. Franck Kessie played below par in the first half and wasn't very dynamic today, but I like to give more width to the team."

Gattuso's men face a Milan derby against Inter after the international break.

"The derby is a game everyone cares about a great deal, there are 80,000 fans in the stands and we'll be ready to focus when we come back from international duty on beating a very strong Inter," said Gattuso.